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BUSINESS
July 22, 1997 | JULIA SCHEERES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After 35 years, Jim's Office Center is reluctantly going out of business, unable to staunch a steady defection of clients to the Staples and Office Depot stores that opened within a half-mile of the retailer. Business slowed, then trickled to a near standstill, when the two industry giants landed in the neighborhood in 1988 and 1991, respectively.
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BUSINESS
March 10, 1999 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bill Gates can rest easy. His business empire is safe for now from Torrance start-up NonTech Computers, despite the owner's early hopes to quickly join Gates in the pantheon of household names. Craig Burdick is having a hard enough time mastering business basics as his computer sales and repair company hits the three-year mark this month. Sales jumped 35% to $270,000 last year, a reflection of Burdick's technical and people skills.
NEWS
September 15, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON and DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An overwhelming majority of small companies in Los Angeles County are enjoying brisk business, but minority-owned firms generally are lagging their white counterparts and harbor deeper concerns about what lies ahead, according to a new survey by the Los Angeles Times Poll. Nearly three-quarters of all small-business owners polled countywide described conditions at their companies as "robust," affirming the region's broad economic recovery.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1993 | JILL BETTNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan ran on a strong pro-business platform in last spring's election. The Times asked a group of executives and small-business owners in the Valley and Ventura County what kind of action they would like to see the new mayor take. Not surprisingly, they gave Riordan an earful about why so many companies are leaving or expanding outside of Southern California, and had suggestions about what the new mayor can do about it. They also have some ideas for Gov.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1999 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interests of the nation's 1.4 million Latino businesses, is remaking itself as an economic development organization to capitalize on the corporate and political attention its constituents have captured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, Times Staff Writer
It's probably as close as a person comes to being Santa Claus. "It's a great business to be in," says Nancy Roatcap, business manager of the Windmill Christmas Tree Farm in Valencia. "Everybody is always happy." For 17 years, families from throughout Southern California have come to this tree farm,r olled up their sleeves and cfhopped down a Monterey pine to shelter their gifts until Christmas morning.
NEWS
September 18, 1994 | SIMON ROMERO
With little experience or business acumen, German Lopez opened Azteca Tae Kwon Do, a small South Gate martial arts studio, two years ago. His goal was to tap into a sizable Spanish-speaking market, but Lopez quickly found he needed more than just expertise in self-defense to survive. "I was good at martial arts, but bad at doing business," Lopez said. With little knowledge of advertising, promotions and direct mail strategies, Lopez's business was floundering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1998
A $250,000 project to renovate the facades of a group of mom-and-pop businesses near the border with the city of Montebello is scheduled to begin next month. The council has appropriated state and federal funds for the project, which will improve the look of eight two-story buildings in the 8200 and 8300 blocks of Whittier Boulevard, said city spokeswoman Vivien Hao. "We want to improve the image of the city," she said.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2000 | LEE ROMNEY and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Start-ups can benefit from another low-cost how-to course, conducted by the Women's Enterprise Development Corp. (WEDC) and the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. WEDC is interviewing entrepreneurs--male or female--interested in the 12-week course, which begins June 22 and covers topics such as business plan development, marketing, record keeping, insurance and taxes, public relations, sales, business law and employee matters. The course will be held in El Monte.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hampered by stubbornly independent leaders, a lack of funds and tension between its director and board of trustees, a center set up to help small businesses cope with the impact of Santa Clarita's first regional mall has accomplished little, according to local business owners and some board members. The Valencia Town Center mall is not scheduled to open until Sept.
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